The Twilight Saga





The story is told as a series of memories by Jacob Jankowski, a ninety or ninety-three year-old man who lives in a nursing home.

As the memories begin, Jacob Jankowski is twenty-three years old and preparing for his final exams as a Cornell University veterinary student when he receives the news that his parents were killed in a car accident. Jacob’s father was a veterinarian and Jacob had planned to join his practice. When Jacob learns that his father was deeply in debt because he had been treating animals for free as well as mortgaging the family home to provide Jacob an Ivy League education, he has a breakdown and leaves school just short of graduation. In the dark of night, he jumps on a train only to learn it is a circus train. When the owner of the circus, Uncle Al, learns of his training as a vet, he is hired to care for the circus animals.

The head trainer, August, is a brutal man who abuses the animals in his care as well as the people around him. Alternately, he can be utterly charming. Jacob develops a guarded relationship with August and his wife, Marlena, with whom Jacob falls in love. August is suspicious of their relationship and beats Marlena and Jacob. Marlena subsequently leaves August, which is the precipitating event leading to the ultimate demise of the Benzini Brothers circus.

As the story climaxes, several circus workers who were redlighted off the train come back and release the animals causing a stampede during the performance. (Redlighting refers to throwing circus workers off the moving train as punishment or in order to avoid paying them[2]). In the ensuing panic, August is killed. As a result of this incident, which occurred during a circus performance, the circus is shut down. Marlena and Jacob leave, along with several circus animals, and begin their life together

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The Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series is presenting a Luncheon with Sara Gruen on April 27, 2010 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM and an evening Event on April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

CNY Reads in conjunction with the Friends of the Central Library’s Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series is pleased to host a special luncheon with author and guest lecturer, Sara Gruen. Location: Renaissance Hotel, Horizons Room Syracuse NY. 4/27/2010 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Wish I could go to that! Sounds great! But I'm in Cali, so I will have to see if she comes out west! ;)
I WAS AT THE LECTURE--IT WAS A LOT OF FUN!!!
really???? Tell us about it -
SARA WAS VERY DOWN TO EARTH-DRESSED VERY CASUALLY, TALKED ABOUT HOW SHE RESEARCHES HER BOOKS, HOW SHE NEVER KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THE SUBJECT MATTER FOR HER BOOKS AHEAD OF TIME, JUST DECIDES TO DO IT THEN RESEARCHES, HOW HER HUSBAND RUNS THE HOUSEHOLD SO SHE CAN WRITE, TALKED ABOUT BEING REJECTED A MILLION TIMES. HOW HARD IT IS TO GET PUBLISHED. SHE ANSWERED QUESTIONS, SAID SHE WAS EXCITED ABOUT THE ACTORS WHO WERE DOING THE MOVIE. SHE HAD SIGNED BOOKS TO BUY, TALKED ABOUT HER NEXT BOOK-IT RAN ABOUT 90 MINS.
Excellent, Thanks for sharing !!
she looks excited to work with Rob...who wouldn't be!=-)
and they will play the lovers too - lucky minx...!!!!
some things are just not fair!!!LMAO..I went into the wrong profession! No wonder she is excited to be in this movie with him...Notice how she made a point to say she loves her job.......LMAO I WOULD TO IF I COULD PLAY RP'S LOVER!!!!
UMM Imagine that !!!!
That's so strange; she played his mother in Vanity Fair, now, his lover... Maybe there's hope for some of us yet...

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